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Changes to Flight Crew Licensing Regulation

The latest Aircrew Regulation amendment was published in the EU Official Journal as
Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1747 ; this contained some 71 individual items.  It comes into effect in EASA Member States on 11th November.  Please note that the document does not include associated AMC and GM; these are anticipated to be included in the next version of the Easy Access Rules for Aircrew which should be published on or around 11th November. 

For the benefit of members, Nick WIlcock has waded through the changes and identified the most GA-relevant aspects of the amendment.

You can view a diges t here

The CAA have published
CAP 1855 Amendments to the Aircrew regulation affecting pilot licence applicants, licence holders and training organisations.

The CAA have published CAP 1854 Amendment to Flight Instructor privileges and conditions.

Night Rating completion time FCL.810

All training providers and applicants need to be aware that Amendment (EU) 2019/1747 to Commission Regulation (EU) 1178/2011, has been published, which will come into force on 11 November 2019.

The Night Rating (FCL.810) has been amended to require that ‘Applicants shall have completed a training course within a period of up to 6 months’ The 6 months starts from the first training flight.

Course providers need to review their courses operated after 11 November 2019, to reflect this amendment and ensure this time scale is met for all applicants. Courses commenced prior to the 11 November 2019, will continued to be accepted prior to 31 March 2020.

The CAA has introduced an extension for those who may have started Night Rating training before 11 November 2019.  Provided that they complete the course before 31 March 2020, they will be exempt from the new 6 month limit. The ‘6 month’ time starts from the first date of night training which the applicant intends to use for the qualifying course. 

For courses started before 11 November 2019 and completed in more than 6 months, candidates must ensure that the CAA receives their application by 31 March 2020.

We have also had some queries concerning Night Rating training during the PPL course; although we have proposed this to EASA, currently the situation remains that an applicant must have completed the LAPL or PPL course, including the Skill Test, before starting Night Rating training.  Application for the LAPL/PPL does not need to have been made before training for the Night Rating has started - applicants may apply for the issue of the Night Rating together with the licence.

IR Renewal.

The recent update to FCL.625.IR(c)(3) requires that, unless a Class or Type Rating renewal is combined with an IR renewal, pilots renewing an IR must hold a valid Class or Type rating on the aircraft used for the test.  Under ORS4 No.1329 the CAA has released a short term exemption from this requirement until 10 Jan 2020.

Seaplane Training

The recent update to FCL.725(b)(5) requires that the theoretical knowledge exam for single pilot SE and ME(sea) aeroplane privileges must be a 30 question multi-choice written exam.  Under ORS4 No.1330 the CAA has released a short term exemption from this requirement until 10 Jan 2020.  However, as worded the exemption appears to apply only to ATOs; DTOs may also conduct Seaplane training, so any DTO conducting such training before 10 Jan 2020 might wish to contact the CAA for clarification.

Jeppesen 15% Discount Offer for AOPA Members

Following enquiries from AOPA members, Jeppesen have confirmed that navigation database updates for GNS530, 430, 540 and the Avidyne IFD 440 are included in the offer, and state that "Basically everything is included except for the Pilot Supplies."

See here for full details.

The Skyway Code and Skywise App

The CAA have asked for the Skyway Code and Skywise APP to be promoted again as reminder to Pilots who have not yet read the Skyway Code or use the Skywise App.

The Skyway Code is designed to provide private pilots with easy, quick access to the key information they need and includes:

  • Pilot responsibilities
  • Pre flight checks and flight planning
  • Airspace rules and regulations
  • Using aerodromes 
  • Risks and Emergencies
  • Flying outside the UK
  • Links to useful safety and regulatory resources

You can download a pdf poster here.

Recent SkyWise Alerts
Highlighting infringement hot-spots: Solent
The fourth in a series of narratives focusing on identified infringement ‘hot-spots’ in the UK has been published.

This update has been written by members of the Solent Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT), Southampton Airport and Southampton Air Traffic Control.

Preventing airspace infringements in the vicinity of Warwick
The third in the Airspace & Safety Initiative series to highlight known 'hot-spots’ focusses on preventing infringements in the vicinity of Warwick.

This update has been written by members of the Midlands Local Airspace Infringement Team (LAIT): Birmingham Airport Air Traffic Limited, the Flight Information Service Officers at Coventry Airport and Wellesbourne Mountford Aerodrome.

Consultation opens for next edition of CAP403

The CAA are working on the new edition of CAP403 Flying Displays & Special Events. We aim to publish this as edition 17 early in the new year. The consultation and online response form is now available:

Closes Friday 29 November.

Drone and model aircraft registration

The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme is now live at

The requirements for registration and education become law on 30 November 2019. Also launched today is the new drones reunited service for lost drones at

Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment

The purpose of this Supplementary Instruction (SI) is to implement changes to radiotelephony phraseology contained within UK Radiotelephony Manual (CAP 413).  This is in support of amendments to class E airspace Air Traffic Service (ATS) procedure changes contained within the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

Read "Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment" in full

Class E airspace ATS procedures amendment - phase 2

The purpose of Supplementary Instruction (SI) 2019/06 is to implement phase 2 changes to Class E Airspace ATS procedures contained within the to the Manual of Air Traffic Services (MATS) Part 1 (CAP 493).

London Oxford Airspace Change
Revised Proposal

London Oxford Airport (LOA) gave a presentation on their revised airspace proposal, prior to it being submitted to the CAA, on Wednesday 13 November 2019 at LOA.

A number of GA Associations attended, including representatives from AOPA UK.

The presentation can be found here.

It was stated that LOA had listened to feedback given at the consultation stage, 98% of responses were negative, and that they hoped the revised proposal addressed the majority of objections raised.

The original proposal was for an area of Class D controlled airspace:

The revised proposal is for an area of Class G airspace protected by RMZ/TMZ, based on the "Hawarden" model:

LOA were asked for clarification of the label RMZ + TMZ, which suggested both were required, and whether the 3500 ft was amsl (altitude) or agl (height).

It was confirmed that the upper level is 3500ft amsl.

In respect of the label RMZ + TMZ, it was explained that this did not mean both were required. Based on Hawarden conditions of entry are expected to be:

For flights within the RMZ pilots must comply with ONE of the following:

(a) Establish 2-way RTF communication with Oxford Radar passing flight details before entering the RMZ and maintain communication within the RMZ. Flight details comprise:

  • Callsign
  • Aircraft type
  • Position
  • Level/altitude
  • Intentions of the flight.

(b) Display the Oxford Frequency Monitoring Code (with mode C, if available), whilst monitoring Oxford Radar prior to entering and within the RMZ.

(c) Non- radio aircraft should contact Oxford ATC prior to commencing any planned flights that will enter or cross the RMZ for authority to enter the RMZ.

(d) Conduct flight in accordance with valid Letter of Agreement with Oxford ATC if operating from a site within the RMZ.

It was suggested that the label should be changed to RMZ/TMZ, or other as appropriate, and make it clear that the upper limit is amsl.

It was stated that LOA were keen to enter into Letters of Agreement with relevant airspace user groups.

LOA were also asked to re-consider the Northern boundary of the RMZ/TMZ as this is likely to cause increased traffic around Hinton in the Hedges and Turweston with pilots avoiding the RMZ/TMZ to the North. LOA were criticised for not evaluating this impact as part of the change process.

Kerry Wood, Osprey Consulting Services, says "Whilst we accept that some of the General Aviation community will still have reservations about certain aspects of our proposal, we hope that there is an appreciation that we take your concerns seriously and have sought to mitigate as many as possible with our modifications.  We all appreciated the healthy discussion concerning our design modifications following the consultation feedback and will reflect on some of the feedback received during the afternoon."

GA - Attracting the Next Generations
We are pleased that some of our members supported the 2019 Young Aviators Day at Sywell in September, taking potential future aviators aloft, many for the first time they had flown in any aircraft. All felt it was a worthwhile event to support.

This independently organised aviation experience event for young people has been running for 14 years. The 15th event will be
held at Sywell Aerodrome on Saturday 12th September 2020. The organiser, Andre Faehndrich, is always looking for Pilot volunteers to bring their aircraft, especially with 4 or more seats, to give short flights. If you would like to diary this event and offer your services, contact Andre by email:

One of our members said "The reactions you get are as varied as the kids. Some have done it before and will advise you about what you are doing wrong (not like Daddy’s Biz Jet…), others are silent for the duration of the flight so that you don’t know if they are enjoying it or are about to reach for the sick bag. The latter tend to burst in to volubility on the walk back to the check-in at the end of the flight. Others are a constant stream of questions and comments, wanting to stay in the air for ever and saying things like ‘This is the best day of my life!’"

Why not organise your own Young Aviators Day?

Using the established model of the Sywell Event, why not organise your own event at your airfield? This could be organised by a group of members working with your Airfield Owner/Manager or a Corporate business based at a suitable airfield.

If you can engage with a local Air Scout troop, other youth organisation or club, outward looking Schools in the area then these can be excellent partners in such an event.

Andre has kindly agreed to allow
his Young Aviators Booklet, and the format and documentation to be used and adapted by you for your use.

Interested in starting a local event? Contact us by email:  and we will see how we can help you.

Members Working Group
The next Members Working Group (MWG) will be held on Saturday 23 November 2019 at White Waltham Airfield.
All members are welcome, along with non-member guests.

The MWG is your chance to meet members of the AOPA Board, hear about the current work being done on your behalf, join in the discussion and make your views known.

Meetings start at 10:30, with arrivals from 10:00, when refreshments will be available. There will a finger buffet at lunch. Meetings end at around 15:30.

If you plan to attend, please email Pauline Vahey (
) by Thursday 21 November 2019.
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